To cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true or morally right.
To corrupt the morals of...
To weaken the morale of...
To upset or destroy the normal functioning of...
To throw into disorder.
Cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit.
Example by F. D. Roosevelt:
"The foreclosures were further demoralizing an already desperate real-estate market."
The Democrats have to fight back against the demoralizing effect the Republicans have adopted in order to exploit the country.
November 8, 2017
By Claude Brodesser-Akner
Trenton -- The race to replace Gov. Chris Christie is over, (click here) but a nagging question remains: Why did Virginia just take New Jersey to school when it comes to voter turnout?
The latest tally of votes by the Associated Press as of 9:16 a.m. on Wednesday had 2,019,665 votes being cast in the Garden State on Tuesday. According to the latest state Division of Elections data, 5,754,862 voters were registered to vote in Tuesday's election.
That puts our preliminary voter turnout at a laughably low 35.1 percent, well below even those predictions of a record-low turnout.
But in Virginia's governor's race, the turnout was the highest in 20 years, and more than 12 points higher.
While New Jersey's vote totals could change as the final 1 percent of precinct tallies are counted and reported, they are "abysmal," says Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray.
Murray had earlier predicted turnout was likely to be a record low, but still well above that on Election Day....